Registration for Spring 2018 Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses is now open! 

Advance registration for certificate program students for Summer 2018 ACE courses begins March 12. Public registration for Summer 2018 ACE classes begins March 19. 

To register, download the Adult Continuing Education Non-Credit Registration Form and do one of the following:

  • Email it to
  • Fax it to 312.629.6171
  • Drop it off at 36 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603

Featured Spring 2018 Courses

Drawing from Imagination #2430
Wednesdays, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
February 7–April 11
Explore your own interests and impulses through drawing as you probe the role of the imagination in making. Extensive studio work and critique will be accompanied by field trips and readings from Andre Breton, Jean Dubuffet, Sigmund Freud, and Steven Millhauser. You will progress by engaging with materials, participating in discussions, and demonstrating experimental inquiry.

Introduction to Illustration #2443
Wednesdays, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
February 7–April 11
This course is designed to introduce students to the illustration process, from ideation and freehand sketching to the final piece. Students are encouraged to experiment with a variety of materials and styles, from traditional to digital and their hybrid. Classes are supplemented with a series of presentations on contemporary illustrators and a discussion of their methods. Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Drawing or equivalent experience.

Sculpture: Flat to Form: From 2D to 3D #2463
Tuesdays, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
February 6-April 10
Learn how to give form and shape to flat materials using digital and analog methods of making. Use jigs and clamps to position work and achieve complex forms from simple stock. Experiment with materials including fabric, cardboard, paper, wood, and plastic, while referencing the work of artists including Amanda Browder, Taylor Hokanson, Anila Quayyum Agha, Claes Oldenburg, and Martin Puryear.

Artist and the Sketchbook #2429
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
February 3-April 14
This course explores how the personal nature of an artist's sketchbook can assist in the development of new directions and reveal meaningful ideas to pursue. Students develop sketches, collages, paintings, and notes to be used to create works on larger sheets of paper. Students review the history of artist's sketchbooks and visit the Art Institute of Chicago to sketch on-site. During one class session, handmade sketchbooks are made using an array of book construction methods. Experimentation with a wide variety of drawing materials is encouraged.

Multi-Level Painting #2450
Sundays, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
February 4-April 15
How do you focus your interests and refine your skills in order to create a body of work? How do the materials and methods you use relate to the ideas in your work? How do you make your work more personally meaningful? This multi-level course is intended for students with previous painting experience who are ready to address these questions through various in-class exercises and individual painting problems. With instructor guidance, the organization of ideas and development of self-directed work is encouraged. Critiques and discussions deepen understanding, support personal direction, and aid in the execution of ideas. Students work with their choice of painting media. Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Oil Painting or equivalent experience.

Adobe Illustrator #2660
Thursdays, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
February 8–April 12
Explore uses of the application to create sophisticated designs and illustrations using Adobe Illustrator. Beginning with a review of important functions and tools, demonstrations and in-class projects present more advanced topics including transparency, feathering, masking, compound paths, gradients, layering techniques, and the specifics of the pen tool. Attention will be given to exporting files to other applications and platforms including, Adobe Photoshop and InDesign and the web. Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Graphic Design or equivalent experience.

Photography: Digital Photography 2 (#2460)
Wednesdays, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
February 7-April 11
Building on basic digital photography skills, focus on the development of their images using digital media. You will gain a foundation in the tools and methods needed for application in contemporary photographic practice. Topics include various methods of image manipulation and output options. Critiques and presentations supplement the studio experience. Students must provide their own digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera with manual functions; no point-and-shoot cameras. Prerequisite(s): Digital Photography 1 or equivalent experience.

Portrait Photography
Tuesday, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
February 6-April 10
Are you specifically interested in contemporary portrait photography? Then this course is for you! You'll investigate various formal and conceptual approaches to help refine and advance their skills with the goal of creating a small body of work. Coursework includes presentations and discussions of the work of contemporary photographers, as well as group critiques. Students must supply their own digital SLR (single-lens reflex) camera with manual functions; no point and shoot cameras. Prerequisite(s): Digital Photography 1, Digital Photography 2, or equivalent experience.


We believe meaning and making are inseparable. Adult Continuing Education (ACE) noncredit courses and certificate programs reflect SAIC’s educational philosophy, adapted for the adult learner.

Explore new subjects, learn new skills, or refresh existing ones in our state-of-the-art facilities and studios. Experiment with new modes of creative production, including laser cutting and 3D printing, or find inspiration with access to the Fashion Resource Center, Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Roger Brown Study Collection, and Video Data Bank.

Pursue your creative vision under the guidance of our instructors, comprised of practicing artists, designers, and scholars. Learn with and from your peers as you develop and strengthen your creative and critical abilities, and produce work based on your personal research and interests.

To register, download the Adult Continuing Education Non-Credit Registration Form and do one of the following:

  • Email it to
  • Fax it to 312.629.6171
  • Drop it off at 36 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 1201, Chicago, IL 60603


International Students

SAIC welcomes international students from abroad and those already in the United States with a student visa to enroll in our Continuing Studies programs. However, SAIC is not certified to issue immigration documents for international students participating in nondegree Continuing Studies programs and courses.

Continuing Studies—International Students [PDF]